Oldest Premier League Football Players

Listed here are the oldest football players to ever play in the English Premier League. Amazingly out of the top 10, nine players all managed to play beyond 40 years of age,

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John Burridge: ‘Budgie’ was a professional goalkeeper whose career started in the early 1970s, He played for Manchester City against QPR when he was 43 years old which made him the oldest player to feature in the the Premier League.

Listed here are the oldest players:

   1: John Burridge – Man City – 43yrs 162 days

   2: Alec Chamberlain – Watford – 42yrs 327 days

   3: Steve Ogrizovic – Coventry – 42yrs 237 days

   4: Neville Southall – Bradford – 41yrs 178 days

   5: Kevin Poole – Bolton – 41yrs 164 days

   6: Teddy Sheringham – West Ham – 40yrs 272 days

   7: Edwin van der Sar – Man Utd – 40yrs 138 days (still Playing)

   8: David Seaman – Man City – 40yrs 113 days

   9: Gordon Strachan – Coventry – 40yrs 83 days

   10: Bryan Robson – Middlesbrough – 39yrs 356 days

   11: Dave Beasant - Nottm Forest – 39yrs 337 days

In the Modern game footballers have to be in an amazing shape to compete at such a high level, as professionals they have to keep to such a high standard of fitness that they are sometimes labeled athletes, yet many football clubs are reluctant to offer players over the age of 30 contracts that last longer than a year or two, this is due to the long term effects of injuries and simple age as once they have passed 30 many players are seen as past their best, however by looking at the top 10 you will notice 9 players passed the age of 40, at the time of publishing Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United was still playing and said that he would retire at the end of United’s current campaign although most fans, players and the manager Alex Ferguson were more than happy to stay on as the number one goal keeper for another season, even at the age of 40 he is seen as one of the best stoppers in the league.

Manchester Uniteds Edwin van der Sar

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  1. Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:55 am

    It is about time they retired

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